All the slimline and fixed axles on this forum have piqued my interests, so I guess I’m looking to pickup a slimline yoyo. So far I’ve got a yomega fireball that plays like a responsive and its light-up counterpart (Yomega Spectrum) so my slimmer yoyo collection is lacking.
I’ve decided to pickup a OD Deep State since I’ve been hearing so many good things about it and it isn’t crazy expensive. Anyone got any other recomendations?
I have a Deep State set up as responsive (highly lubed) which is a lot like a high end metal fixed axle and is a ton of fun to just toss around. It’s responsive enough to do loops with…if I could actually do them! lol
A second set up as semi-responsive (cleaned bearing, then added a slight amount of lube). It returns with a hard tug, but it’s not as responsive as my other. I can’t loop with it, and even doing forward passes is really difficult because the yo wants to sleep at the end of the string.
And a third set up as unresponsive. Cleaned bearing with no lube…and I took one of the response rings out. It requires a bind to return, though the binds are a bit looser than I’d like. I might try to add a tiny bit of lube to see if that helps.
Of the 3, surprisingly I’m enjoying the unresponsive the most. I don’t know any fixed axle tricks yet so I don’t toss the other 2 around too much. But the unresponsive is a TON of fun to throw around!
It’s the only slimline I’ve tried (unless you want to go waaaay back to the early 2000’s lol)…so I can’t compare it to anything. But I do LOVE them! They look incredible, are fun as hell to play with and feel great in the hand!
YoYoFactory has purple B-Grade Confusions on sale for just $20 (with $5 shipping) on their site right now. They look like a ton of fun (and the purple is beautiful IMHO). And the Rain City Skills Gamer has gotten a lot of great reviews. It’s cool throw too because it comes with a ton of nice extras like a case and lube. I really want to pick one of these guys up eventually…just cause I think it’s such a great value at $45 with all the included extras.
Then there’s the Alleycat 650b that has gotten a ton of great reviews and looks really nice too.
Another cool thing I like about the Deep State…is the side effects. They subtly change the weight of the yo (I’m way too noob to know the difference haha)…but what I like about them, is they totally change the way the yo looks and there’s a lot of awesome color combinations you can make to really personalize the yo to your tastes.
The Deep State is awesome. It’s my favorite yo-yo atm. It’s awesome that you can tune the response to play just the way you want it to, and they look so damn stunning! Feel so fantastic in the hand!!
It’s a ton of insight which is exactly what I’m looking for!
I checked out YYE’s page on it and it looks really clean and comfortable with the matte finish and curves.
I misplaced my thick lube somewhere so that’s actually really helpful. The shape of it is kinda off putting for me though
and the same for the Confusion.
There are a ton of great options for slimline throws and there isn’t an end all be all…
but there kinda is…
This made me laugh.
I’ve been meaning to get a OD yoyo with SE for like 2-3 years now. The Par Avion I have is fun once I get used to it, but it’s not SE which makes me sad. I think the ability to mix up your yoyo’s looks and even feel for only 12$ is great. Not to mention that your yoyo basically never becomes unusable because of axle issues.
I played a bit of fixed axle on my yyf legend (while it still worked) so I learned a thing or two about cool responsive tricks.
If you want a yoyo that has a bearing but plays like a fixie, I would recommend an alleycat. The deep state is great, but the large bearing doesn’t make it great for holding stalls. A really good fixie I would recommend would be a Duncan wheels (the old school one with the metal axle) or a harbinger from @Glenacius_K
What kinds of tricks do you want to do?
If it’s stall-based stuff, Moons, Stop N Go’s, or flips the AlleyCat 650b is definitely my recommendation. We worked really hard to make that yoyo behave like a fixed axle (but with the added zip of a bearing). It’s like a c. 2001 yoyo but structurally sound and with consistent response. If what you want is a fixed axle, don’t expect to be satisfied with a metal slimline.
Ed is right (of course!) about what kind of tricks you want to do. One slim line I really like that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the custom AXL and the Elite. Both are real slim, as responsive as you want them, and great for stalls and STM. I usually de-shield the bearings and put a tiny bit of grease in them , they are real responsive but still sleep fine.